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Food Trip: The Shrimp Shack + TOSH

March 25th, 2016 | by Z. Gonzales

Finding a great seafood restaurant in the metro can be very difficult at times, probably because quality ingredients are hard to come by when you’re living in the city. Add to this the fact that there are more restos serving meat instead of seafood. So, when a new chain of restaurant serving seafood opened in a nearby mall, it was definitely worth checking out.

The Shrimp Shack is from the same company as The Old Spaghetti House (TOSH) and aims to emulate the food served by shrimp food truck businesses in Hawaii – Shrimp Scampi.

 

THE PLACE

The specific branch I visited was in Mandaluyong and acts as an extension to an existing TOSH restaurant. The two restaurants share the same space though are separated by a wall.

Shrimp Shack: AmbianceThe two brands have a distinct look that separates them from the other. On one hand, the Shrimp Shack exudes a more laid back feel with wooden tables and benches as well as a mural of a beach on the wall. On the other hand, TOSH’s interiors is a bit more refined and cozy.

Shrimp Shack: Ambiance 2Shrimp Shack: Ambiance 3The lighting is alright for both restaurants, with the Shrimp Shack offering more direct lighting while TOSH settles for ambient soft lighting. The furniture isn’t bad either with both establishments having sturdy and clean tables and chairs.

 

THE FOOD

The great thing about having two brands share one roof is that customers get to enjoy both of their menus by simply going to one restaurant. This allows for a more diverse selection of food which is good if you’re looking for variety but not really a good thing if you’re gunning for a unique experience.

Shrimp Shack: Food 1Shrimp Shack offers a wide variety of shrimp-based dishes from starters, pasta and sandwiches and their house specialty scampi. It’s good to note though that the restaurant also serves other forms of meat such as chicken, pork and beef.

TOSH, on the other hand, delights their customers with its wide array of pasta and pizza dishes which are inspired or derived from different cuisines including Asian, South American and Italian cuisine to name a few.

Shrimp Shack: Food 2When it comes to serving size, both restaurants offer decent-sized dishes. The scampi that we got had 5 shrimp pieces in it which I think is adequate for what we paid for.

However, one thing I didn’t like about the food was that the scampi I got had shrimps that were still unpeeled while my friend’s fried shrimps were already peeled when it was served. I’m not sure if this is how they really prepare scampi but I wish there was an option where you can ask for the unshelled shrimp.

Shrimp Shack: Food 3In terms of taste, I can say that the Shrimp Shack was able to successfully create flavorful dishes out of shrimp. Compared to other shrimp-based dishes from other restaurants that infuse shrimp with flavor through soups and sauces, they were able to add flavor by only using dips and pastes.

 

PRICE AND VERDICT

The Shrimp Shack (and TOSH) dishes lean toward the expensive side of the price spectrum. Dishes from The Shrimp Shack range from Php155 to over Php300 per serving which is not bad given the serving size and the taste but I’m sure it’s not something most people would spend every single day for a meal.

Nonetheless, I’d strongly recommend The Shrimp Shack to anyone craving for seafood (specifically shrimp) or anyone who wants to try something different for a change.

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